Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Nistisimi brownies, or how I found the love of my Lent

We are now just over two weeks into the six week Lenten fasting period, and hubby and I are doing fairly well. We have experimented with vegan recipes, scoured the city for vegan ingredients (flax seed, soy products, tofu, black beans) and been fairly satisfied with our new all-vegan nistisimi (fasting) diet.

One big problem, however, is that my husband is a confirmed chocoholic, and while I don't consider myself as such, I do have my chocolate cravings now and then, especially for brownies. Alas, my super special Betty Crocker Brownie Mix is far from vegan, so I searched the net to find an acceptable brownie recipe. I found one that I endeavored to change a bit to my taste, and thus have found the vegan brownie of my dreams.

Nistisimi Brownies

2 cups all-purpose flour 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water 1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil (for gooey and less cake-like brownies, omit the milk and use 1 cup oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° (175° C). Lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan with a light vegetable oil spray or other vegetable based shortening (like Crisco).
In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Pour in water, soy milk, oil and vanilla; mix until well blended.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until top springs back and toothpick or knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting.

Sure, it isn't quite as good as a non vegan brownie, but it is pretty delicious for a vegan delicacy. It will certainly serve the cravings for now.


Anonymous said...

I went to Thanopoulos the other day and found on sale 'Cadburys Flake' (this heavenly chocolate that they have in the UK) and my initial excitement was dampened by the immediate realization that I can't eat it.

So... I bought it anyway and decided to save it for when I can.

So I'm kinda thinking I'll take it to the Church for Anastasi and it'll go a little like this:

"Christos Ane(chomp)sti"


Tim said...

I'm atheist, but I'll do anything for a good brownie!! ;)

Cynthia Rae said...

Your brownies are looking REALLY good!

Just wanted to wish you a happy "festa della donna" (Woman's day).


Anonymous said...

zardoz says:

and you say youre husband is greek

hmmm not, you eh,,,

great recipe ,, i really miss browies.........thanks ill try
as soon as possible .=z=

JennDZ said...

Wow! Those look really good!
Now that you are in Greece, have you ever made moussaka? I just made it last night and I am going to post about it on my blog today, because it was such an experience. Lots of steps and LOTS of dirty dishes....which I love as much as you do!

melusina said...

EllasDevil, I don't believe you will take it to church. =p

Tim, these obviously aren't quite as good as "normal" brownies. But they are pretty damn good, especially with coffee.

Cyn, I hope you had a good woman's day!

Zardoz, these are good, and simple to make.

Jenndz, no, I haven't made moussaka yet, preciously for the reasons you stated. My husband loves it though, so I'll have to figure it out eventually.